Acer Spin 7 convertible laptop flips into the device you need the most

Acer's latest super-slim convertible notebook is thinner than a DVD case.

Justin Yu Associate Editor / Reviews - Printers and peripherals
Justin Yu covered headphones and peripherals for CNET.
Justin Yu
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Last year Acer launched the R14 convertible notebook just one week after the debut of Windows 10. Now the company is building out the lineup with the new Spin series notebooks, all equipped with a 360-degree dual torque hinge that lets users alternate between four different usage modes (tablet, display, tent and laptop).

Announced this week at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Spin 7 is the flagship model of the offering that also includes the Spin 5, Spin 3, and Spin 1. It's equipped with Windows 10 and Continuum, a software tool that helps the OS detect what type of device the user is on and configures itself accordingly.

It's 0.43 inch (10.98mm) thin and weighs 2.6 pounds (1.2kgs), which means it's slightly more svelte than the Apple 12-inch MacBook. If it helps to compare that to an item close at hand, Acer tells us the Slim 7 is thinner than a standard DVD case, but the 14-inch touchscreen is wrapped in Gorilla Glass for extra durability.

Checking out the inside, the Slim 7 is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). Notable features also include dual USB 3.1 type-C ports and a glass touchpad.

The Spin 7 will be available in October starting at $1,199 (£920 or AU$1600).

Other models also announced in the Spin family:

Spin 5

Available in October starting at $599 (£500 or AU$800)

  • 16GB DDR4 memory
  • 512GB SSD
  • 10 hour battery
  • 13.3-inch HD touchscreen
  • Optional Acer Active Pen with Windows Ink
  • HD Webcam with HDR imaging

Spin 3

Available in October starting at $499 (£385 or AU$665)

  • 15.6-inch HD or Full HD IPS display
  • 12GB DDR4 memory
  • Comes with both solid-state drives (up to 256GB) and hard drives (up to 1TB)
  • Backlit ergonomic keyboard
  • HD webcam with HDR imaging
  • 9.5-hour battery

Spin 1

Available in October starting at $249 (£190 or AU $335)

  • 13-inch or 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display
  • 9-hour battery
  • Gorilla Glass display